Do you ever log onto realtor.com and search the listings in your area even though you aren't in the market? I love to check out the houses for sale for two reasons 1)It's a great way to get decorating ideas and 2) To see what homes typically sale for in my area. Its been awhile since I logged on, but when I did recently I was completely shocked at what the houses are selling for. I mean some of them are at least $30,000 less than what they originally sold for.
So how do we know what to upgrade and improve. We dont want to put more money into the house just to take a bigger loss one day down the road, but we also dont want to live with things as they are just to have to improve them to sell. How do you balance improving your home without putting more in than what you can get out?
You dont have to break the bank to improve your home.
Wait for things to go on super sale, like we did when we installed our new flooring downstairs. By hubby doing all the work himself, borrowing necessary tools instead of renting or buying, and waiting for a sale, we saved at least $1,200.
Decide what will give you the most bang for your buck
According to Kiplinger, these are the top three home improvement projects that will give your home a better value.